I knew a Deadhead kid in the dorms who had this tape. The novelty factor made it a must-hear. "Egypt, eh? It's gotta be way cool, man!". I didn't know enough about boots yet with my green Dead ears to know if it was a quality gen or show! Over the years I heard people dis this run as worst-ever, and the band so often compared it to Woodstock and Monterey as a flub, that I never collected it (aside from filler). All '78 Dead shows have their highlights, right? Well this is the one - the king of you-had-to-be-there. If you want the history, skip to the last show. If you want summer '78 look at Red Rocks. If you want a run, go with the Winterland homecoming.
First Set. After the segue from opening act, they play with Not Fade Away
a bit at the end. S'cool. The vibe is already different. Bobby says the monitors sound like telephones, which does not bode well for the set, as it turns out. Or the show (or the run). Me & My Uncle
finds 'im lying there by the side of the road. They Love Each Other
kind of drives into the mud. Minglewood
is average (but aced on the final night). Peggy-O
comes together by Jer's solo - the first sparks. BioDtL-14
is not at all tight. The Dead portion of the 1st set is 45min of Weir keeping things afloat and shoes in the dryer. This improves a couple times in the second set.
Second Set. Sugaree
is sloppy as fuck yet still has a couple thrills - a not uncommon Dead dichotomy. Jer now has a stubborn persistence to pull shit together and Bobby's Samson & Delilah
is the first show spike. Scarlet
is no outright trainwreck...until after the solo. There's a 15sec repeated loop @3:00 on the Dauria AUD. It's not a bad Fire on the Mountain
and the best all night from the drummers. Truckin'
is a trainwreck off a trestle. Jer goes to the chorus too soon and when he then tries to go back to the missed verse, Bobby fights to sing the third verse. Bobby gives in the next time, when Jer misses the Bowling Pin verse, singing Buffalo instead. They mostly fall back into respective places for the jam. Played much better the final night. It does have a unique tranny into The Other One
, the second/final show spike and really the first time the machine hovers above ground. Not a top '78 but worth hearing. Drums
has a few seconds missing @9:12 from Dauria. Along with Space
it's pretty bland and dry. The power of the pyramids doesn't make it onto tape. The rest is average with Around
again better the last night. Guess there was no need to encore.
Overall = 1 star
A boat ride to Luxor
14th = D
15th = D
16th = C
SOURCES: Wisely missing from Rocking the Cradle
and no good SBD source. The AUDs sound better and the best is the dauria.6032
. Unlike the SBDs it has Jer and Phil. (The SBD has BioDtL mixed wrong, Donna is missing on Deal, the mics are out on Sugaree, Jer is missing from most of the show and it's muffled. The Bobby songs aren't as bad.) The miller.88171
updates the miller.22169
. It probably needs a matrix - though it may still not be better than the Dauria AUD. The porray.motb-0107
is best for Drums>Space and if you don't want to fix the digiloop error in Scarlet. It also has the first few seconds of Deal (missing from Dauria).